updated 03:55 pm EST, Mon February 5, 2007
GSO XGate Router
Global Security One has announced the XGate, a router with its own unique parental controls. Instead of simply monitoring access time and blocking individual sites, the network switch uses an intelligent system to flag keywords sent across instant messaging, web-based chatrooms, and other text-based online arenas prone to exploits by sexual predators. The router's owner can then be notified by e-mail or an SMS text message that will warn of the chat and even let a worried parent silently eavesdrop on the conversation. Software onboard the XGate will even scan for viruses and spam e-mail before it reaches the computer much as with a corporate router, the company adds.
A four-port Ethernet switch and a built-in ADSL modem let the device serve as the sole piece of networking equipment in a family's home. GSO sells the router for $196 in the UK and offers a free year's worth of daily virus upgrades with the purchase. [via SlashGear]